BARKAI builds strong Jewish communities by training communal rabbis.
barkai trains rabbis

Barkai trains and certifies Israeli rabbis in counseling, abuse recognition, sensitivity training, mediation and more. Armed with these pastoral skills, rabbis are better equipped to support, sustain, and provide for their community’s spiritual and familial health.

BARKAI builds strong Jewish communities by training communal rabbis.
barkai trains rabbis

Barkai trains and certifies Israeli rabbis in counseling, abuse recognition, sensitivity training, mediation and more. Armed with these pastoral skills, rabbis are better equipped to support, sustain, and provide for their community’s spiritual and familial health.

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Rabbinic Program
Rabbinic Program
Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
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Rabbaniot Program
Women often prefer to speak to other women. Thus, Barkai provides monthly workshops for the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for other women and girls.
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Pulpit Rabbi Program
Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program
Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, six RCA and six Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
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Lay Leadership Barkai
Lay Leadership Development
A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for programming, communication, oversight and operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.
Rabbinic Program
Rabbinic Program
Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
program barkai rabbinic
program barkai rabbiniot
Program02 Right
Rabbaniot Program
Women prefer to speak to other women about certain matters. Thus, Barkai provides monthly workshops for the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for the women and girls of the community.
Pulpit Rabbi Program
Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program
Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, six RCA and six Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
program barkai pulpit rabbis exchange
barkai lay leadership program
Lay Leadership Barkai
Lay Leadership Development
A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for programming, communication, oversight and operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.

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The wives of the rabbis have also been having their own monthly meetings so as to discuss and learn about what it means to be the wife of a rabbi. The first meeting was with Rabbanit Nechama Ariel who spoke about her long experience in being the wife of a rabbi. The second meeting was on the topic of personal coaching with Hodaya Amor, one of the pioneers of coaching in Israel. The third meeting was a seminar with the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs on the future of the Jewish people (similar to the seminar that the rabbis also had). The fourth meeting was on the topic of gynecology and fertility with Dr. Hagit Daum, Specialist in Gynecology and Clinical Genetics at Hadassah Hospital. The next session featured Rabbanit Shulamit Ben Shaya who spoke on sexuaity. The group also serves as a support group for the women who often feel alone as rabbaniot in their communities. The monthly meeting will continue to the end of the year.

The Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics aims to improve the fabric of Israeli society by intensively training Israeli rabbis in all aspects of communal rabbinics so that they can lead their communities to a more meaningful connection with Judaism and act as a unifying force in Israeli society.

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